Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London • 2018-08-24 • 14:15
A fun staging, although the overall aesthetics with all those fluorescent colours probably pays off a lot better when the show is performed at night. Matinee audiences are a bit shortchanged. Sadly, the allergy warning in the lobby about the finale using latex balloons in the auditorium gives away one of the fun surprises.
Good performances, especially from Marc Antolin as Seymour and from Jemima Rooper as Audrey — she went the Ellen Greene way by underplaying the humour a little bit… which always works wonders. The choice of having a Drag Queen, Vicky Vox, play Audrey II seems pretty natural, in a way, given the tone of the character’s songs.
Not overly impressed by the choreography. As usual, the amplification at the Open Air Theatre is a bit hit-or-miss, but it was a pleasure to hear the bongos so clearly in the title song.